Kevin McAleavey writes about malware.

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  1. Longboard

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    Too modest to post himself....:cautious: ;)

    https://www.infosecisland.com/blogv...Towel-The-Sorry-State-of-Client-Security.html
    https://www.infosecisland.com/blogview/15068-The-Birth-of-the-Antivirus-Industry.html
    https://www.infosecisland.com/blogview/15106-The-Demise-of-the-Antivirus-Industry.html
    https://www.infosecisland.com/blogview/15159-The-Best-And-Most-Secure-Windows-OS-Ever.html
    https://www.infosecisland.com/blogview/15196-Seven-Security-Blankets-and-Im-Still-Short-Sheeted.html
    https://www.infosecisland.com/blogview/15249-Solving-The-End-User-Problem.html

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  2. Hungry Man

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    Re: KMcA Speaks

    Reading it. So far it's fairly interesting. Thank you.

    edit: =p I quite like this actually.
     
  3. J_L

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    Re: KMcA Speaks

    I had no clue who you meant until reading the articles (which are quite good). Why the abbreviation?
     
  4. Longboard

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    Re: KMcA Speaks

    I posted a thread with a somewhat obscure title that may not be getting the attention the actual content deserves.

    Apologies to all and Kevin for obscuring the message :oops:
    ...just a mental shortcut.
     
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    I like these kinds of articles :D

    Gonna read them all :D
     
  6. CloneRanger

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    Read them the other day :thumb:

    He always had a "unique" way of explaining things ;) Some nice background info in those articles :thumb:
     
  7. Kevin McAleavey

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    Hey guyz! Thanks for the listing!

    I had intended to make it over here as well to post those, but insanely hot weather kinda shut us down last week into yesterday with only essentials and customers being handled throughout until the weather here got a bit saner so that I could too. We don't believe in air conditioning in upstate New York, it's kinda like buying a furnace in Ecuador.

    Those of you who know me know that my patience with WIndows and malware was wearing thin a few years ago, and my time with COMODO was a fairly ugly eye-opener when I saw how the "industry" was actually doing things. Suffice it to say that the way I had been doing things was more unique than I ever imagined. Caused me to defenestrate way back then once BOClean became absolutely useless in COMODO's hands within weeks of their takeover.

    Having to explain to many the entire point of what we did with KNOS, coupled with little interest in a book I had started to write, decided that sketching out where we were, where we've been and where we're going might be useful to those who weren't around throughout the stupid. Glad to see some enjoyed it, simply trying to remember it all and then back up my contentions with links was quite the task. So much of the history of it all has vanished entirely from the intarwebs and that was the most challenging part of it all. Without it, nobody who didn't live through it personally would have even believed half of it.

    Thanks for the kind words! :)
     
  8. Tarnak

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    Already snapped up when you posted about it in that other security forum. ;) :)
     

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    That was such a good read. I remember much of it, although I was just a youngster back then. My dad was an IT guy back then, he remembers all of it as well.

    To think that for years I have wondered "am I being anal for turning services off and tweaking things". I seem to use less and less, yet I still remain problem free. But then, I don't leave things at default if I can help it.

    I haven't had the experience in those fields. I haven't paid as much attention to keeping up to date. But I have been through the cycle of learning about security, and going to extremes to remain in control, and slowly realizing that with the years of learning, most 3rd party security is redundant if you choose to take what some consider "drastic" steps by modifying everything you can find from default to a custom state. I still would recommend an AV to a novice user because they don't have the experience to go without, but I don't believe for a second that they will remain problem free. I feel the same about LUA and UAC - not because being a user is insecure, but because of so many other things.

    That was a great read, thanks for pointing that out Longboard and thanks to Kevin for taking the time to share.

    Sul.
     
  10. Kevin McAleavey

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    Thanks, folks!

    What a long, strange trip it's been. Sad though that after nearly 30 years, it's only getting worse. That's the reason why I threw in the towel and put my efforts into KNOS. In all seriousness, I didn't see any better alternatives as long as the security industry and the OS "industry" remains "stuck on stupid." Nobody wants to think outside the box anymore, so I tore up the box and built a sphere. It floats! :)
     
  11. Hungry Man

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    Getting worse? How so?
     
  12. Kevin McAleavey

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    Sheer number of new nasties daily and of course the severity of the nasties. Once upon a time, both industries were up against bored children. Now they're up against very well financed organized crime. Sorta what I was saying in those articles as to the reason why I'm doing what I'm doing now and consider the way both industries have been responding as a lost cause.

    It'd be different perhaps if some original thinking were part of the mix, but it isn't.
     
  13. Hungry Man

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    Ah, I see. I thought you were saying the AV industries were getting worse.
     
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